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    Pro-Trump lawyers slapped with sanctions over Michigan election lawsuit


    A team of lawyers that sought to overturn Michigan’s 2020 election must pay the state and the city of Detroit for the cost of defending the suit and complete continuing legal education, U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ruled Wednesday.

    In the high-profile decision, Parker also required a copy of her decision be sent to state disciplinary boards for the possible suspension or disbarment of the nine attorneys who sought to have Republican Donald Trump named Michigan’s winner despite his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.

    “Sanctions are required to deter the filing of future frivolous lawsuits designed primarily to spread the narrative that our election processes are rigged and our democratic institutions cannot be trusted,” Parker wrote in a 110-page decision.

    Read:Detroit judge’s excoriating takedown of ‘Kraken’ lawyers

    The attorneys who brought the original lawsuit were Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, Emily Newman, Julia Haller, Brandon Johnson, Scott Hagerstrom, Howard Kleinhendler, Gregory Rohl and Stefanie Lynn Junttila. Parker ordered them to complete 12 hours of continuing legal education in pleading standards and election law within six months of Wednesday’s decision. 

    The suit seeking to overturn the election represented “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process,” the judge wrote, and sought to deceive the federal court and Americans “into believing that rights were infringed, without regard to whether any laws or rights were in fact violated.”

    “Individuals may have a right (within certain bounds) to disseminate allegations of fraud unsupported by law or fact in the public sphere,” wrote Parker, an appointee of former President Barack Obama. “But attorneys cannot exploit their privilege and access to the judicial process to do the same. And when an attorney has done so, sanctions are in order.”

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